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Solway Frith, Cumberland

Historical Description

Solway Frith, an arm of the Irish Sea between Cumberland and Scotland. It enters between St Bees Head and Wigtown Bay, with a width of 22 miles; goes 37 miles northeastward and eastward, with a width diminishing to less than 2 miles; sends off Moricambe Bay into Cumberland to the mouths of the rivers Weaver and Wampool; receives at its head within Cumberland the rivers Eden and Esk; is swept by a tidal " bore " with a breast of waters several feet high running with perilous rapidity, and leaving most of the area dry at the recess; abounds with salmon and other fish, has been the scene of many disasters on the part of footmen or horsemen crossing its sands at low-water, and figures graphically in Sir Walter Scott's " Bedgauntlet."

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cumberland is available to browse.